The reliability of the Nikon brand is based on high-level technological power resulting from R&D activities that have been ongoing since the company's establishment in 1917.
To strengthen Nikon's existing businesses and create new businesses, it is vital to continue basic R&D activities based on a long-term perspective. With opto-electronics and precision technologies as a foundation, Nikon is conducting R&D in a wide range of technologies, such as optics, precision measurement and manufacturing, image processing, materials, and software and systems.
Nikon is conducting R&D in each business including the Research & Development Division for basic R&D, Optical Engineering Division for optical design technology development, the Next Generation Project Division that conducts R&D in order to realize growth strategies, Production Technology Division for production technological development, the Imaging Product Business, Precision Equipment Business and Healthcare Business. By associating research and development with each business/division, Nikon's reliable technology is more effectively nurtured.
Nikon Research Report
As a result of our research and development based on Nikon's core technologies of "opto-electronics" and "precision", technologies incorporated in new products and those evaluated by organizations such as academic societies are mainly introduced.
- Technical Reports
- Research and Development Reports
- Diagram method for resolution limit calculation in laser microscopy (PDF:874KB)
- Super-resolution nonlinear fluorescence microscopy using repetitive stimulated transition (PDF:739KB)
- Development of the super-wide field of view WX binoculars (PDF:1.16MB)
- Light-field optics, 3D space transformation onto 2D plane (PDF:1.20MB)
- Optical properties of Ga2O3-based glasses prepared by aerodynamic levitation (PDF:1.11MB)
- Development of photoresponsive material toward fine patterning technology by roll-to-roll, additive type of process (PDF:1.47MB)
- Practical method of cell volume segmentation in electron microscope image stack using deep convolutional neural network (PDF:1.01MB)
- New product development through process optimization based on functionality evaluation of combustion reaction (PDF:1.13MB)
- Development of an organic thin-film transistor by a wet fabrication process utilizing roll-to-roll direct imaging exposure system (PDF:1.01MB)
- Real-Virtual Bridge: A Modular Mechanism to Mediate Between Real and Virtual Objects (PDF:613KB)
Technology Strategy Committee
The Technology Strategy Committee was established with aims to actively respond to a wider range of social issues and needs. In order to formulate the Medium-Term Management Plan, this committee has established three areas of long-term growth in "Digital Manufacturing", "Vision Systems/Robotics" and "Healthcare". In the future, Nikon will work on each business unit/division from the technical aspect to ensure the effective implementation of the Medium-Term Management Plan across the Group. Flexibly adjusting to external changes, Nikon will aim to achieve long-term growth.
Built a Platform Utilizing AI
Focusing on information processing technology including AI, Nikon Group established a platform structure and environment that utilize AI efficiently and effectively. Now, based on this platform, we are advancing R&D that combines AI with Opto-electronics Technologies and Precision Technologies, and accelerating development in order to deploy this for business utilization.
R&D by Group Companies
Nikon Research Corporation of America, a U.S.A.-based R&D subsidiary, is engaged in research and development related to lithography systems, imaging technologies, artificial intelligence, software, and high-precision systems.
Nikon has introduced a system that grants fellowships to engineers who demonstrate world-class expertise and knowledge. We seek to promote cutting-edge R&D that leads the industry with specialists who are widely recognized both within Nikon and far beyond.
Industry-Academia R&D Alliance
Nikon has formed an R&D alliance with the University of Tokyo — Nikon Chair of Imaging Science, Institute of Industrial Science - aimed at nurturing next-generation engineers who will lead the optics industry. And at ten locations throughout the world — in Asia including Japan, the U.S.A., and Europe — we have opened Nikon Imaging Centers, which use advanced Nikon microscopes in the study and education of imaging technology.